St. James’ is located in beautiful & historic Goshen, New York. Goshen is located in Orange County, New York, and is easily accessible from exits 124 or 125 on Route 17 (Future 86).Our address is 1 St. James Place, Goshen N.Y. 10924, stop on by and see us!
From Exit 124 – Take Route 207 into the Village of Goshen. At the traffic light in the center of town, turn right onto South Church Street. St. James’ is one block up on the right.
From Exit 125 – Take South Street to the stop sign. Turn left onto South Church Street. St. James’ will be one block down on your left.
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St. James’ history is a long and rich one. Episcopal services were first held in Goshen in 1793. Ten years later, on July 25, 1803, a group of people formed the corporation of St. James’ Church, which was then admitted into the Episcopal Diocese of New York headed by its first Bishop, The Right Reverend Samuel Provost. The first wood frame church was built around 1804 on land donated by the family of Dr. John Gale.
In 1850 the Vestry resolved to build a new Church to represent the architectural tastes of the day for solid and substantial public buildings. The Vestry sought the architectural services of New York architects Frank Wills and Henry Dudley. Frank Wills was a leading figure in the Gothic Revival Movement, which had begun in England in the 1830’s. At the time that the plans were drawn up, Wills was firmly associated with the Ecclesiastical Society, centered at The General Theological Seminary in New York City. The guiding principles of the society were to promote the 14th century rural English Gothic Church as the ideal model for American Church Architecture. St. James’ fits this model exactly. The church is an altar-centered worship space with an elevated and recessed sanctuary, Gothic arches, wall buttresses and a steeply pitched slate roof. St James’ flat topped tower is typical of English country churches. The stained glass windows represent a diversity of styles, periods and makers.
The present church of stone in the English Gothic country style built in 1853 has been in continuous use for over 150 years. In addition to the church, a Chapel of matching stone was built in 1869,presumably for winter and weekday services. In 1890 it was de-consecrated as a Chapel for Sunday School use. For many years it served as a Parish Hall until a new addition was added in 1961.
The Parish House, blessed in February 1961 by the Right Reverend Charles F. Boynton, Suffragan Bishop of New York, contains a meeting hall, kitchen, two classrooms, the parish office, a common room, and the Rector’s office. It is connected to the church proper at each side of the rear of the church and surrounds a cloister garden, which provides a columbarium.
On December 27, 2002, a fire broke out in the Nursery Room of the 1869 Chapel building. The Goshen Fire Department quickly extinguished the fire and thankfully saved the rest of the church building. It was determined that the probable cause of the fire was old and out of date wiring. The Parish has restored the Chapel which is once again a worship space.
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In December 2000, St. James welcomed The Rev. M. Carl Lunden as its twenty-second Rector. Father Lunden was sponsored for ordination to the priesthood by Grace Episcopal Church in Middletown, NY.
He studied at The General Theological Seminary in New York City, from which he graduated cum laude in 1997. He spent three years as Priest-in-Charge of Ascension and Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in West Park/Highland, New York before being called to St. James.
Father Lunden is married to Sharon Lunden and has two children, Bethany and John from a prior marriage. Before joining the Episcopal Church, Father Lunden was a Roman Catholic seminarian and a member of the Conventual Franciscan Friars.
Contact The Rev. M. Carl Lunden
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St. James’ is located in beautiful & historic Goshen, New York. Goshen is located in Orange County, New York, and is easily accessible from exits 124 or 125 on Route 17.
Our address is 1 St. James Place, Goshen N.Y. 10924, stop on by and see us!
- From Exit 124 – Take Route 207 into the Village of Goshen. At the traffic light in the center of town, turn right onto South Church Street. St. James is one block on the right.
- From Exit 125 – Take South Street into the Village of Goshen. Turn left onto South Church Street. St. James will be on the left.
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Fr. Carl, chairperson
An acolyte is a lay person who assists in worship by carrying the processional cross or crucifix, lighting and extinguishing candles, holding a torch at the reading of the gospel, and assisting the priest and deacon during holy communion.
At the present, St. James has twelve acolytes. They range in age from students in the fifth/sixth grade up to and including high school seniors.
If you are a boy or girl in the fifth/sixth grade or older and would like to become an acolyte, just give your name, address, and telephone number to the Parish secretary or you can use the sign up form below.
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The Rev. Deacon Thomas Mark Liotta became the Minister of Music at St. James’ Church in 1990 after having served in the same capacity in the Roman Catholic Church for many years.
Deacon Liotta began playing the organ while still in high school as substitute organist in the many churches in Troy, New York. He began his formal studies of the organ at the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC with Mr. Robert Twynham, organist and choir director of the Cathedral of Mary the Queen in Baltimore, MD.
When he arrived in New York, he studied organ with Dr. Bronson Reagan, organist at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in New York City. He did his liturgical and choral training at the St. Pius X School of Liturgical Music of Manhattanville College in Purchase, NY where Mr. Walter Ehret, noted arranged and choral clinician, was his instructor in vocal methods and choral conducting.
Prior to being received into the Episcopal Church, Deacon Liotta was a member of the Christian Brothers, a Roman Catholic religious order.
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Have a question or comment for Fr. Carl?
Call Fr. Carl at 845-294-6225
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St. James’ Parish Office Hours:
Tuesday – Thursday 9:00am – 2:00p.m.
Friday 8:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Phone:(845) 294-6225 Fax: (845) 294-8794
Mail: St. James’ Episcopal Church, 1 St. James Place, Goshen, N. Y. 10924
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